I love the illustrated editions so far. My favorite pictures are images we haven‘t seen from the movies or pictures from notes and textbooks. I guess that makes sense since I‘m a Ravenclaw! 💙📚
I need more time to absorb what this book shared about family, memory, and guilt. The third part where Westover grapples with the meaning of each is so interesting I wish it was longer. Her struggle with her family is both sad and hopeful, and for her to unfold these struggles before our eyes in this memoir, regardless of vulnerability, is extremely generous and compassionate toward others she seems to recognize may be struggling through the same.
Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Slaughterhouse Five: Commentary on societal demise isn‘t new, but The Seclusion nods to the classics while discussing right now. This genre is my favorite so perhaps I‘m biased, but I loved this book.
The beginning is rich with detail that dissipates a bit as the author moves the plot to get to an end point, but I would‘ve happily read an additional 200 pgs for more detail! Eagerly awaiting a second book!
You know, I‘d be okay with more adult literature containing illustrations. It makes me more engaged!This is Harry Potter so technically for a younger audience and I‘d be engaged regardless, but why do illustrated texts seem to stop when we grow up???
Random list of books I want illustrated:
The Snow Child
The Earthsea Cycle
LOTR but that probably exists already
Shadow of the Wind/Everything by Zafón
What text would you like to see illustrated?
I was hoping for the Irish version of Serial and this just didn't deliver. There was a lot of coverage about the original murder, accusations, and suspects. I thought the more interesting bit, Ian Bailey finally facing trial, received far less coverage. Maybe they'll release a followup covering the trial? I would still listen to a sequel reviewing the modern events of this case even though I didn't quite enjoy this synopsis of the initial events.
Unfortunately there isn't enough here to justify an entire book. Frazer Douglas is an excellent narrator for the audiobook, but in the end I didn't care and wanted it to be over. Torn between a historical fiction about Achilles or a strong romance novel, this book should've leaned more in either direction. Toeing the line between those was safe, boring, and a bit money-grabbing. Using both genres reaches more buyers, but the book is worse for it.
Thanks to @ShyBookOwl for being my 300th follower and to everyone on here for the continued #LitsyLove! In honor of all this awesomeness I promise to put this darn blanket down and actually read a bit today! ❤️
Does this count as reading??? 😂😭😂😭
Why is there never enough time in the day?
Currently working through this crochet sampler blanket and making a blue, green, and tan one for friends and making this more Irish color combo for myself! If I ever finish that is! 💚🇮🇪🧶
I‘ve been sick for 2 months. 😷 Went to the doc who told me it was a virus I had to ride out. They gave me meds to ease symptoms, but the sick cycle just kept starting over. Finished my first round of meds when the sick cycle began for the 3rd time. Went back to a different doc and they armed me with a ton of new meds. Just 3 days in and I can breathe! 🌺
Now I just want my life to get back to normal which includes Harry Potter of course! 💙👓⚡️
Every time I pick this up someone warns me against it. I finally decided to see for myself by listening and reading at the same time to help me with numerous pronunciations which will help me remember more in the end! 🎧📚
I‘ve just read the foreword and preface of this book, which weren‘t included in the audiobook, and was excited to learn some of the mythos of this world! I think I will enjoy what this book has in store! 💚
Although I rated this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads many years ago, upon finishing the audiobook I have to increase my rating! This book is superb and manipulates language until it becomes art.
With a gothic feel, a gruesome story within a story, and a cast full of intriguing characters, the fantastic dual narrators maintained the tone experienced while reading and even helped clarify muddier areas.
I can‘t recommend this book highly enough.
I got my husband to listen to Harry Potter! ❤️👓⚡️ He‘s seen all the movies, but he‘s not a big reader.
So I clearly and concisely explained the superiority of the books and the vast book/movie differences (rambled in straight monologue for 4 hours). Then I presented the audio as a way for him to try the books and for us to spend time together and he agreed (had no choice)! 😜😂 Almost done with book two! Can‘t wait for him to hear more! 💙📚
After a nice day of crocheting at the library with friends, where one of my friends gifted me with some awesome Harry Potter coasters, it‘s time to relax with a good book and weaving in some ends. 🧶
Did I say relax? I meant freak out over these stupid crochet patches and what‘s going to happen to the characters in the book! 😂😂😂
Another required read from my grade school days. An interesting book with plenty to teach about tapping maple trees for syrup! 🍁 It is also a useful tool for discussing various life lessons: death, the trials of war, avoiding judgement, thinking before speaking, everyday miracles, and living in the moment.
I highly recommend the full cast audio book as a way to absorb this story. It‘d be a lovely way for a family to enjoy this book together.
This was required reading when I was in grade school and I wanted to revisit it to see what I thought today. The ending feels slightly rushed and not as eerily dramatic as the rest, but I loved rediscovering the themes and history involved in this book. A well-paced read that doubles as an excellent educational tool for all ages!
Just a note: To fully experience this book I also recommend reading up on the history of author Virginia Hamilton!
Went back to work after the furlough and immediately got sick. 😷 Guess I‘m allergic to work! 😜 It‘s amazing how being sick can throw you off your game! Channeling my inner Mary Poppins and trying this app #Habitica which makes daily tasks and big projects feel like a game. Hopefully this‘ll help me get back on track with everything, reading included! I am very behind if I want to meet my reading goal this year 😮 #Ifeeltheneed #theneedtoread
“...for it will not go out of my mind that if we pass this post and lantern either we shall find strange adventures or else some great change of our fortunes.” ~The Chronicles of Narnia
As a furloughed federal employee, this book hits way too close to home right now. I can‘t help thinking this is the future that awaits a society willing to wall themselves off to the outside world under the guise of ‘protection‘. I‘m only a third through, but so far this book is an interesting mix of Fahrenheit 451, 1984, and Young Adult Dystopian. I‘m curious to continue but also scared to complete this one!
I‘m back! I fell off the Litsy wagon last year. I got married which was so much to plan! Then in the 2 weeks after marrying we traveled to Pittsburgh for Christmas, I got furloughed, we watched a friend‘s dogs, and then our dog had a seizure. A hectic end to the year and reading wasn‘t on my radar at all. Now my doggo is better, we‘re making it through the furlough as best we can, and I‘m finally ready to start reading again! I‘ve missed this!
A story reminiscent of The 400 Blows by director François Truffaut, an excellent example of tailoring situations to fit personal agendas whether conscious of it or not and systems that fail the most vulnerable. Required reading when I was younger and I understand why now.
I love getting a new set of Harry Potter books with different covers! Time to start all over again at the very beginning ⚡️👓⚡️
Reading the tagline Are you happy with your life?, I thought I was getting It‘s a Wonderful Life meets Saw or some plot where characters realize what they‘ve had all along and fight for their lives back.
I loved seeing that tired plot go a new direction. Jason Dessen does fight for his life, but through multiple parallel universes culminating in a battle of wits against himself. Could you defeat yourself?
A quick, action-packed read!
“The truth is that very few understand the truth about forgiveness. It is not the culprits who need to be forgiven; rather it is the victims, because they are the ones who cause all the trouble. If they were only less weak and careless, and more foresightful, and if they would keep from blundering into difficulties, think of all the sorrow in the world that would be spared.”
————— Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood —————
I don‘t like to review individual books of series since I weigh endings heavily, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Just when I was expecting some fantasy plot repeated for the umpteenth time, this story moved a different direction. I like when I can‘t see what a book is going to do next and I‘m excited to read the other two in this trilogy.
Quick note that I half read/half listened to this and the audio was fantastic as well.
Agatha Christie does it again! I honestly had no idea who to suspect. After reading a few of Agatha‘s books I‘ve given up trying at this point - I‘m just along for the ride. I was initially concerned by the lack of Poirot at the beginning, but I didn‘t need to worry. He makes his appearance and puts those little grey cells to work! Love her characters and suspense building. Can‘t wait to pick up another one of her books!
I‘m honestly not sure what to feel about this book. I‘m glad there is a strength in Therru that can overcome everything that‘s happened. Not because she is changed or ‘fixed‘ outwardly but because she is not.
And yet, I‘m also frustrated with the book. There are so many themes here that Le Guin could‘ve written entire books about! This work simultaneously felt like a well-rounded, complete story AND also that there could never be enough of it.
“Do you see how an act is not ... like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls, the universe is changed ...
Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
“What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.” ~ The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. Le Guin
The Raven Cycle started a bit slow for me, but I really enjoyed Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book III) and The Raven King (Book IV) is super intriguing as well. So far I‘m glued, but I hope this ends well. I always put way too much weight on how books and series end.
This book is fantastic. Trevor Noah‘s performance of it is perfect as well. I can‘t believe his life story and I can‘t believe how much I‘m learning. I thought I hated memoirs after Wild, but Trevor Noah makes me question my decision to hate all memoirs.
Some of the funniest people I‘ve ever met have been through the wringer. I‘ve always wondered if they got so funny using humor as a coping mechanism because that‘s what I did for a long time and still do occasionally when I feel awkward.
As unfortunate and difficult as some of Tiffany Haddish‘s life situations have been, I‘m glad to see she is able to work through it with humor and style and just being herself. She‘s killing it! 🖤🦄🖤🦄🖤
I finally met my reading goal for the first time since 2012 when I read 46/40 books. Since then my goal has been one book per week and in 2017 I finally managed to 'read' one book per week with the help of audiobooks!
I didn‘t always count audiobooks as it‘s not technically reading, but there‘s just not enough hours in the day!
Here's to 2018 and a new book goal of 78! Hope it doesn't take me 5 years this time 😂 One down and 77 to go! 💙📚